A loan of $700 helped to buy 1,600 pounds of fertilizer, foliar applications and insecticide. The rest is to pay for labor costs to plant 3,500 square meters of pipian and 10,500 square meters of corn..


María Marisol's story

María is 41 years old. She has a spouse and a son. She lives with her 80 year old foster mother and a 20 year old young special needs man that was left in her care by a friend who went to live in the United States.

In her community, she is the president of the communal development association (ADESCO), through which she has managed some projects. For example, making a communal house that serves as a shelter whenever there is a flood, technical training for growing vegetables and recreation activities for community members.

She works small land parcels growing corn in areas up to 7,000 meters and vegetables such as pipianes in areas up to 3,500 square meters. This dry season, she is doing irrigation for her parcels with help from motorized pumps. She has been doing these activities since she was 12 years old and these crops are a family tradition.

She acquires her agricultural materials in the city and estimates that she travels about 25 kilometers. For her community, transportation service is difficult and the busses come and go from the community twice. She sells her harvests with merchants from the municipal market, people with whom she has had a business relationship for more than 10 years.

The loan that she is asking for from Fundación Campo is to buy 1,600 pounds of fertilizer, foliar applications and insecticides. The rest is to pay for the labor costs to plant 3,500 square meters of pipian and 10,500 square meters of corn. Farming activity is the only source of income that exists in her community and it is indispensable for the life of this family.

Her goal is to have the capacity to produce vegetables with irrigation equipment with more efficiency such as dripping as well as having the financial capacity to produce vegetables such as the green chile.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue



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